3 of the Best Breweries in Maine You Have to Tour in Boothbay Harbor

When we travel to new places, we try to discover unique and interesting local breweries during our trip. If you enjoy doing the same, you’ll love exploring the craft beer offerings in Boothbay on your next vacation with us. Home to three great places to visit, we think Boothbay Harbor and the surrounding area offers some of the best breweries in Maine. When you stay with us, you’ll find these craft beer selections at our inn and at many of the restaurants around town. In addition, you can learn more about the craft beer in our area by planning a visit to these great breweries for an afternoon of tours and tastings!

Touring local breweries is just one great thing to do on a Boothbay Harbor vacation. Request a copy of our FREE Vacation Guide today for our best recommendations for dining, shopping, attractions, outdoor activities, and more!

3 of the Best Breweries in Maine Near Topside Inn

We know that there are dozens of great breweries throughout the state, but if you ask us, the very best ones are just minutes from our inn. The next time you stay with us, make plans to visit these three great places for local craft beer.

1. Boothbay Craft Brewery

Boothbay Craft Brewery is a great place to start your tour of the best breweries in Maine near our inn. Just an 8-minute drive away, this centrally located craft brewery and tavern offers excellent artisanal craft ales that they call  “Imperial Attitude Ales.” The brewery also offers delicious dining on site at the Watershed Tavern.

While the “633” American Pale Ale is Boothbay Craft Brewery’s flagship brew, Block Rocks Stout, Dexter “Rippa” Red IPA, and Ken Brown Ale are other regulars. In addition, the brewery offers a variety of unique collaboration, single batch, and barrel aged brews to try. When you attend a 30-minute brewery tour, you can learn about the beer making process before sample these delicious creations! Booth Bay Craft Brewery tours are held each day, except for Sundays, at 3 p.m.  

2. Monhegan Brewing Company

Although Monhegan Island is 10-miles off the coast and only has a year-round population of 60, it is a popular destination for scenic natural beauty, excellent art galleries and museums, fresh seafood, and laid-back living. But, it’s also a great place to go for fantastic local beer! You can take a 50-minute or 1.5-hour ferry ride from Boothbay Harbor to Monhegan Island throughout the summer. When you do, you’ll find plenty of great places to explore.

Monhegan Brewing Company is one such place. The brewery is only open for visitors between May and October. During this time, you can enjoy a host of special events, tours, and tastings. Monhegan Brewing Company offers 7 brews to choose from including citra-hopped Kölsch, imperial stout, IPA, and pale ale varieties. Each bottled beer is named for Monhegan Island landmarks and features labels designed by local artists. When you visit the taproom, you will enjoy excellent views and the perfect conclusion to a day in town.

3. Oxbow Beer

Oxbow Brewing Company is another local craft brewery that you can explore on your next Boothbay Harbor vacation. With two breweries in the area, one in Portland and the other in Newcastle, your tasting options are as varied as the beer they serve. The best, and closest, tasting room to visit when you stay with us is the Newcastle, ME, location. You’ll drive 20-miles north along the scenic Damariscotta River before finding the Oxbow farmhouse brewery and tasting room.

In addition to the active brewery and rustic tasting room, the Newcastle Brewery features scenic areas and nature trails to explore. While Oxbow has a lengthy list of unique brews to browse, you’ll always find their top-three, year-round beers: the Farmhouse Pale Ale, Grizzacca (and American grisette), and Luppolo (an Italian-style pilsner).

Visit One of the Best Breweries in Town with Our VIP Local Brewery Tour Package!

With such great options to choose from, it is easy to see why the Boothbay Harbor area features some of the best breweries in Maine. Why not make the most out of your next Boothbay Harbor vacation by enhancing your stay with a visit to at least one of them? With our VIP Local Brewery Tour Package, you can start by visiting Boothbay Craft Brewery! Valued at over $70,  this package for two is just $50 and offers:

  • A VIP brewery tour and tasting for two.
  • Lunch or Dinner at Watershed Tavern ($50 gift certificate).
  • $10 worth of wooden coins to spend on brewery merchandise.

Learn more about this unique experience on our website today. Then, start planning your next coastal Maine vacation with us! Topside Inn offers comfortable and classically Maine accommodations just a short walk from the center of town and the harbor. Each day starts with a wonderful breakfast that incorporates fresh and local ingredients. In the evenings, you’ll love our relaxing outdoor spaces that offer rocking chairs and Adirondack chairs to lounge in while enjoying fantastic views of the harbor.

Browse our guestrooms, suites, and cottage today to learn more about the Topside Inn. Then, plan your next getaway with us. We can’t wait to share our beautiful area with you!

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